Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 2427 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Junior

Academics: My program, Studio/Jazz Guitar, is very small and selective. My year is full of talent and enthusiasm. The funding is hampering the program, especially this year. The curriculum is a little outdated. Many professors aren't terribly engaging, but all of them are highly skilled and experienced. The comradery is the best part. The students are a great hang. The aura and energy of the music school in general is positive, save for the underlying competitiveness which can cause tension among students. The program is mostly about making connections and staying positive. Hard work and dedication is a given.

3 College Junior

Academics: I am a music major, so the only academic classes I take are from the general education categories. Most of these classes are poorly organized and the professors aren't very enthusiastic. There are the occasional high quality classes, especially in the sociology department, that are intelligent and engaging.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process is lengthy and there are at times random audits. Once you get through it, the financial packages they offer are usually very reasonable.

2 College Junior

Parking: Very expensive. Not terribly convenient or readily available. Poor overall.

4 College Junior

Weather: Mostly sunny. We had 3 straight days of raining one week. That was surprising.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Strong international student presence. Large middle-class Caucasian population. Otherwise, pretty mixed.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Every day I meet someone from somewhere new or with different sexual orientation than my own or with different economic background. It's great to get to know the students on campus because all of them have unique and interesting experiences

5 College Freshman

Academics: Health and Humanity requires students to gain internship and real-world experience. The major is flexible and trains students to be ready to work in any aspect of Health. The workload isn't too difficult. I am a global health focus (each health and humanity major chooses his or her own focus) which means my curriculum is a mix between science, international relations, and anthropology

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Every professor that I've met has done something (or is doing something) incredible! One of the freshman chemistry teachers just won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. All of them are experts in their field and their experience significantly contributes to the class

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus police are trained by the local police force and can make arrests. They are very kind and genuinely care for our well-being

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am a Pre-Med Student double majoring in Health and Humanity (with a global health focus) and Biology with a minor in spanish. The advisors are great and help you make the best of your time on campus. Many of my pre-med, biology, and health and humanity courses overlap so I'm not taking as much of a course load as it may seem. Also, I am able to complete my spanish Minor in one semester abroad in Spain (so that's easy!)

5 College Freshman

Majors: USC encourages people to be creative when choosing their educational and career pathways. I have an internship next semester with Children's Hospital LA. USC also has some of the best connections with Alumni (the Trojan Family) and local businesses.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There's always something that you can eat, no matter if you're vegan, vegetarian, kosher, or gluten-free. Plus, you can use 'dining dollars' at the on-campus carl's jr, verde, panda express, starbucks, coffee bean, and california pizza kitchen

3 College Freshman

Parking: Not much parking is found off campus, but there are plenty of parking structures and parking meters on campus. I've never heard of anyone not being able to get a parking spot. Most people that live off campus in apartments will also have parking structures available to them by their apartments.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: USC has some of the best football game days. The Trojan Spirit is incredible. Some people get up at 5am for a 12pm game to start setting up their elaborate tailgates. Not a single spot on campus isn't occupied on game day, and it's not like anything you'll ever experience anywhere else

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5 College Freshman

Weather: We're in Southern California! That means the coldest it has been is between fifty and sixty degrees, and that's not very often.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in greek life by choice. Nothing says you have to join because there is plenty to do outside of greek life; in fact, I'm too busy enjoying other aspects of USC to get caught up in greek life. However, if you're interested, there is ALWAYS something going on for those in greek life

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the honors dorm and they call it "7 floors of open doors"; everyone is so nice and we have all grown really close!

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am academically challenged and must work hard, but the location and the university make it so easy to have the most incredible experiences inside and outside of the classroom

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although the area around campus may not be extremely safe, I believe the university does everything possible to make campus the safest campus in the nation

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are smart and hardworking but also like to have fun

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are two metro link stops right next to campus

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Be prepared that drugs are everywhere. I had to buy a lockbox, because people were stealing my adderall out of my bag and apartment! Study drugs are ridiculously overused. People party too hard then use addy to cram.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: It's balanced and open. Just find your clique, and don't give up until you do. Allow it to change too, because it's a natural part of maturing.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Don't bring a car at first- you'll make a lot of fake friends. Year two, life starts to expand beyond campus, and, in LA, you NEED a car. Public transport is highly unreliable and cabs are expensive.

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BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
Theater
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Students from Southern California usually love USC from the beginning and strengthen their bonds with the school as time passes. Students who travel to USC from longer distances tend to adapt more slowly, dealing at first with the culture shock that inevitably comes with a first impression of LA. Universally, those who can survive the transition into the USC way of life fall in love with the school after first semester. Typically, students entering school with a skeptical mind-set ends up getting the most pride out of being a Trojan. At the very least, they come away with a new affinity toward college football.

The opportunities on campus are plentiful, and in LA, opportunities are endless. Time flies for everyone at USC, and changes in living conditions, academic standards, and career goals come quicker than newcomers might expect. USC graduates are sure to look back on a college experience that could not have been offered anywhere else. Basically, the more that students are willing to explore the opportunities available to them, the more they endorse the idea that USC is the perfect school for its time and place.

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